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RA: 16h 17m 39.6s
Dec: −34° 21′ 59″
Ch: MSA:1442, U2:374, SA:22
Type: galaxy, S
Mag: B=16.4, V=?
Size: 1.2′ x 1′
NGC 6082 may be IC 4597. If so, JH's position is 2 minutes of time too small, and 8 arcmin too far north. In SGC, I made the object identical with five faint stars. Now, 20 years later, I do not see any obvious asterism of five stars near JH's place unless it is the asterism at 16 12 13.2, -34 06 30. Wolfgang chose a triple star 4 seconds of time on east.
JH's description is copied accurately into NGC (in CGH, he says "25 arcsec" rather than "S") and the declination is appropriate for the sweep. All in all, this one is a bit of a mystery. I've listed the IC identity in the Table for lack of anything better.
Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "eF, E, lbm, 25 arcseconds."
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a nonexistent object. Their coded description reads NF S.
The Messier objects
The Bennett objects
The Caldwell list
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